Kansas – Leftoverture U.S. half speed mastered Mastersound LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A limited edition U.S. half speed mastered audiophile edition of  Leftoverture by Kansas.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition U.S. half speed mastered audiophile edition of  Leftoverture by Kansas.

About this copy: This copy of Leftoverture is a 1981 U.S. pressing on the Kirshner label.

The cover is VG++ with slight corner and edge wear.  The generic Mastersound insert is M-.

The disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce (and pretty good) Kansas LP.

Background: This particular pressing was part of Columbia Records’ short-lived (1980-1983) audiophile series, in which they released a number of then-new and vintage titles in high-quality, half speed mastered editions in order to compete with Mobile Fidelity and Nautilus.

These records were mastered with both the tape deck and the cutting lathe running at half speed, which produces deeper bass and better imaging than standard pressings. In addition, these records, which sold for a substantial premium over the regular pressings of the album, were pressed on high quality virgin vinyl. Mobile Fidelity’s audiophile pressings are better known than those from Columbia, but Columbia’s half speed mastered pressings are, for the most part, exceptionally good ones, and this album is no exception.

Released in 1976, Leftoverture was the fourth album by Kansas, and the album that turned them into superstars.

The album reached #5 on the U.S. charts and has sold more than four million copies, helped by the single, “Carry on Wayward Son,” which reached #11 on the U.S. Pop charts.

Allmusic.com gave Leftoverture a 3 1/2 star review:

For any art rock band, the fourth album means it’s time for a self-styled masterpiece — if you need proof, look at Selling England by the Pound or Fragile. So, with Kansas, the most determinedly arty of all American art rock bands, they composed and recorded Leftoverture, an impenetrable conundrum of significance that’s capped off by nothing less than a five-part suite, appropriately titled “Magnum Opus,” and featuring such promising movement titles as “Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat” and “Release the Beavers.” Of course, there’s no telling whether this closing opus relates to the opener, “Carry On Wayward Son,” the greatest single Kansas ever cut — a song that manages to be pompous, powerful, ridiculous, and catchy all at once. … That said, this still may be Kansas’ most consistent set, outside of Point of Know Return. Take that for what you will.


Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
HAL 44224
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in